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Forum: Tank Journals 01-19-2011, 11:07 AM
Replies: 30
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Posted By gcpenn
Update on the diffuser for those that may be...

Update on the diffuser for those that may be interested:

I am a bit over the moon to tell the truth. Once I bumped the bubble count back to a point I had a reliably green drop checker, the impact...
Forum: Tank Journals 01-08-2011, 12:36 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,619
Posted By gcpenn
Time for the January update. Not many...

Time for the January update.

Not many changes to the tank since the last update. I pulled one of the two remaining cyperus plants as it was impeding flow. Again, too big for this kind of a tank....
Forum: Tank Journals 11-24-2010, 06:24 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,619
Posted By gcpenn
An unexpected quick update for a couple of...

An unexpected quick update for a couple of reasons. First, my impeller shaft for the Eheim 2215 broke this weekend and I took that opportunity to upgrade to a 2217. This was the filter this tank...
Forum: Tank Journals 11-19-2010, 05:18 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,619
Posted By gcpenn
Oldpunk, How dare you suggest that the Solar...

Oldpunk,

How dare you suggest that the Solar I may be too much light for this tank! I am putting in a call to ADA to have you removed from the hobby, by force if necessary.

J/k of course. ...
Forum: Tank Journals 11-19-2010, 12:32 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,619
Posted By gcpenn
Time for a monthly update and lessons learned...

Time for a monthly update and lessons learned re-cap.

Fauna is now up to 22 green neons (though a standard neon snuck in the bag from the store -- I didn't have the heart to get rid of the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 10-17-2010, 10:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 787
Posted By gcpenn
The cloudiness is probably a bacterial bloom...

The cloudiness is probably a bacterial bloom given the age of the tank. It should clear up.

Fertilizers or not, I think you are in for a rough time with algae running your original lighting. The...
Forum: Tank Journals 10-10-2010, 09:37 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,619
Posted By gcpenn
Time for the two month (or so) update. Fauna...

Time for the two month (or so) update.

Fauna has expanded to include 12 green neons, blue shrimp, and CRS.

So far, no deaths except a couple of shrimp immediately following acclimation.
...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 09-27-2010, 05:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,029
Posted By gcpenn
Fluval's special Edge heater is black and...

Fluval's special Edge heater is black and basically blends in with the rear of the tank. Not really noticeable, though the hydor mini route is popular.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-18-2010, 03:16 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,070
Posted By gcpenn
On the water change issue, I just pulled out my...

On the water change issue, I just pulled out my Innes Book (19th Edition 1966). He was recommending water changes of 10 to 25 percent weekly.

He does note, however, that theoretically aquaria...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 09-14-2010, 04:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 748
Posted By gcpenn
Looking at the photos in series is like a scene...

Looking at the photos in series is like a scene from a horror movie when the camera slowly pans out to show you how totally screwed our heroes are -- THERE ARE TOO MANY SHRIMP!!!

Beautiful.
Forum: Tank Journals 09-12-2010, 08:01 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,619
Posted By gcpenn
Time for the one month update. The tank...

Time for the one month update.

The tank cycled in about 2.5 to 3 weeks.

Inhabitants now include:

10 or so Amanos (one death shortly after arrival)
6 Pristella Tetras -- refugees from my...
Forum: Tank Journals 08-31-2010, 04:55 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,619
Posted By gcpenn
The odd part is that it retreated almost...

The odd part is that it retreated almost immediately. It bloomed up for a couple of days, then -- poof -- gone.

Fingers crossed it doesn't make a resurgence.
Forum: Tank Journals 08-31-2010, 10:15 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,619
Posted By gcpenn
Photos should be fixed

Photos should be fixed
Forum: Tank Journals 08-30-2010, 11:34 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,619
Posted By gcpenn
Two week update. Still tannin-riffic. ...

Two week update.

Still tannin-riffic. Because of the frequent water changes, the water stays yellow. Hopefully the tannins will be gone soon.

I pulled out three of the helferii plants to...
Forum: Tank Journals 08-20-2010, 12:45 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,619
Posted By gcpenn
Thanks for the kind words. Answers to some...

Thanks for the kind words.

Answers to some questions:

1. Yes, I plan on adding fish, etc. I am trying to keep that out of my mind knowing that I am going to be waiting a month to do it.

2. ...
Forum: Tank Journals 08-19-2010, 02:18 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,619
Posted By gcpenn
gcpenn's 60H 45 journal -- CO2 disaster edition

As I have learned so much from and enjoyed reading journals (especially the ones of epic length -- like unirdna's ADA 90P journal), I felt compelled to start this one about my ADA 60H 45. Hopefully...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 07-28-2010, 01:37 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,266
Posted By gcpenn
On the lighting issue, the Solar I MH lamp is...

On the lighting issue, the Solar I MH lamp is listed by Amano as being appropriate for 60 cm tanks. The suggestion is to hang it at 20 inches from the tank edge if you are concerned about light...
Forum: Equipment 07-23-2010, 03:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 453
Posted By gcpenn
Great; thanks guys. Graham

Great; thanks guys.

Graham
Forum: Equipment 07-23-2010, 02:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 453
Posted By gcpenn
Eheim Question (Am I insane?)

I am planning out my first "real" planted tank -- an ADA 60H 45, which is about 30 gallons.

I plan on using an in-line diffuser and heater with ADA lily pipes.

I am caught between an Eheim 2215...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 04-12-2010, 11:47 AM
Replies: 1,940
Views: 664,203
Posted By gcpenn
tizzite, Fluval sells a pre-filter sponge...

tizzite,

Fluval sells a pre-filter sponge for the filter that fits perfectly that costs $2.50. I got mine at Petsmart. Other than that, I don't know of any easy way to keep our smallest friends...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 03-24-2010, 03:37 PM
Replies: 1,940
Views: 664,203
Posted By gcpenn
I found that the LEDs do not enjoy the moisture...

I found that the LEDs do not enjoy the moisture levels present under the lid very much and I had problems with the bulbs coming apart.

While they were better than stock by far, I have been much...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 03-09-2010, 04:39 PM
Replies: 1,940
Views: 664,203
Posted By gcpenn
I run an airstone into the filter during the...

I run an airstone into the filter during the night just in case. Running it under the filter media avoids the obvious bubble capture issues that arise from an airstone in the tank.

Basically...
Forum: Tank Journals 02-25-2010, 04:04 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 10,329
Posted By gcpenn
As soon as I saw this, I ran out to Home Depot to...

As soon as I saw this, I ran out to Home Depot to switch out my replacement LED plus extra CFL setup.

Everything was put together in 20 minutes. Super simple and much better coverage over the...
Forum: Aquascaping 01-25-2010, 05:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,329
Posted By gcpenn
Agree that No. 9 is the winner for me.

Agree that No. 9 is the winner for me.
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